Your windows play a large part in your home’s curb appeal. Therefore, it’s clear that every now and then, they have to be cleaned. By doing so, your windows will look good as new and your home’s aesthetic appeal won’t be reduced. Unfortunately, some homeowners are uncertain as to how they’re supposed to clean their vinyl windows.
In this post, experts from Kroll Construction share a guide to help you clean your vinyl windows.
Step #1: Gather Your Supplies
When cleaning your vinyl windows, the first step that you must take is to gather the supplies needed to clean them. To clean your window, experts recommend that you obtain some soft cloths, a soft bristle brush, a sponge, mild detergent like baby soap, vinegar, water, a clean towel and a silicone lubricant. Once you have these items, you can commence your window cleaning plans.
Step #2: Inspect the Window
Before anything else, be sure to inspect the window and its frame. Watch out for warping, cracks or mold and inspect the screen for rips and cuts. By doing so, you can spot problems that indicate your window is failing. If your window is exhibiting signs of window failure, halt your window cleaning plans and contact a professional immediately.
Step #3: Remove the Sash and Screens
If there aren’t any signs of window failure, be sure to ask a friend or family member to help you remove the window sashes and screens to make the window cleaning process easier.
Step #4: Clean the Frame and Trim
After you’ve removed the sashes and screens of your replacement windows, mix a mild solution of soap and water and start cleaning the window’s frame and trim. Rinse the area with clear water and then clean it with soap before using a sponge and soft brush to lift the dirt. Afterwards, rinse the frame with clear water and wipe it dry with a lint-free cloth. If needed, use stronger cleaning products and repeat the steps if you have stubborn stains.
Step #5: Clean the Glass
Once you’re done cleaning the frame and trim, you can now move on to cleaning the glass. For this, you can either use a glass cleaner or create your own solution by mixing water with vinegar. First, rinse the glass’ surface with clear water before applying the cleaning solution. Before it can run down your window and pool, rinse and wipe the glass dry as quick as you can to prevent future damage.
Step #6: Wash the Screen and Reassemble
Before you reassemble the window, clean the screens first by putting them in a tub or shower or on your lawn. Gently spray the screen with water and rub it with a soft bristle brush. Once it’s clean, rinse the screen with clear water and give it time to dry.
While waiting for your screen to dry, clean your window tracks and reinstall them. You can use a vacuum to clear away the dirt and lube the track with a silicone spray first before wiping it with a clean cloth. Replace the sashes and screens inside the window and you should be done with your window cleaning project.
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